Mortal Kombat pays for itself, sells 3 million

When Midway closed its doors in 2009, the future of the Mortal Kombat series was uncertain. The company sold off all its assets, many of them going to Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment, including the rights to the Mortal Kombat fighting franchise. Today, we learned that the acquisition has been financially worthwhile for WBIE. In an interview with the weekly publication MCV, Warner Brothers' Martin Tremblay revealed that the 2011 reboot of Mortal Kombat has sold nearly 3 million copies since it arrived on PS3 and Xbox 360 in April.

That makes Mortal Kombat an exceptionally successful fighting game. Tremblay emphasized that point by claiming that “Mortal Kombat has already paid for the acquisition of the Midway assets.” For comparison, Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 has sold about 2 million copies since February 2011, and Street Fighter IV has sold 3.1 million since February 2009.

MK hasn't been on the market as long as either of those games, and is actively supported by WBIE through DLC. Freddy Krueger was added to the game’s roster last week, and you can listen to Chris Antista explain how one of his moves is a reference to Nightmare on Elm Street 6 in our FAP:

Aug 15, 2011

Source: MCV


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  • MetaSyke - August 16, 2011 11:13 p.m.

    Wow, I am really suprised at how MK beat out Marvel vs Capcom 3, what with its rabid fanbase. just goes to show that you do have to make a worthwhile addidtion to veen a beloved fighting series to sell, CAPCOM.
  • R-ape - August 16, 2011 8:45 p.m.

    Nicely done; I just hope they continue off of that cliffhanger from the story mode or at least give us a free Shinnok DLC.
  • Maxstats69 - August 16, 2011 7:21 p.m.

    It only makes sense that MK would outsell fighting games made by Capcom. Gamers know that if they buy MK they will be getting a full game supported by DLC as promised. Gamers also know that if they buy a Capcom fighting game,in 8 months to a year the same game with a few new fighters and modes will be coming out at $40.
  • Sauron7 - August 16, 2011 4:33 p.m.

    Winning round has to be flawless for a babality
  • UsernameLoser - August 16, 2011 3:47 p.m.

    My favorite part of the game is the bounciness, while not as great as the bounciness in DOA.
  • egregious - August 16, 2011 2:57 p.m.

    This is very good news. I am glad Mortal Kombat has found new life again, by giving today's players what they want as well as sticking to its roots.
  • Crabhand - August 16, 2011 2:29 p.m.

    I find it somewhat surprising that Mortal Kombat has outpaced Street Fighter IV sales. I haven't had many opportunities to play MK, but the gameplay doesn't feel as tight as SF. Not that I'm complaining or anything, it is ultimately good that each game has a following.
  • Yeager1122 - August 16, 2011 1:41 p.m.

    Still have to buy it myself.
  • GarcianSmith - August 16, 2011 11:11 a.m.

    Very happy at the news - I love Mortal Kombat. The online, the single player, the local multiplayer. All of it awesome
  • jackthemenace - August 16, 2011 9:06 a.m.

    Only rented it, so I never got to try out the online multiplayer, but the story mode was fun enough. Personally, didn't think it was SO brilliant to be one of the best fighting games ever, but A), I'm not that into Fighting games, and B) don't have a clue how good it is online :P
  • PevMaster - August 16, 2011 8:56 a.m.

    OH YEAH! Hopefully this is the first step in the process of Mortal Kombat taking back its throne as KING OF ALL FIGHTERS! Fuck you Street Fighter!
  • Psylockerules - August 16, 2011 1:41 a.m.

    I'm happy love the game supported by great and regular DLC
  • lilbuddha - August 16, 2011 1:14 a.m.

    Story mode totally saved this game for IMO. I bought into MKvDC and thought buying this game would be the same "Ok, I know this is going to suck, but its MK damnit" and was instead greeted with an awesome game (though I feel the combat is at times clunky). Congrats for truly resurrecting the series. Now just don't make another one for 5+ years and we'll ALL be happy.
  • 435 - August 16, 2011 12:58 a.m.

    Thing's great, deserves the accolades. The story mode really has no right to be as good as it is, too.
  • ManBearPig95 - August 16, 2011 12:55 a.m.


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